Location
Nashville, TN
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4,906
Tuition
$26,130
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Everything is very accessible and if it's not they provide with very clear options of what you can do to get somewhere else.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Belmont's got incredible teams who work hard everyday. I think it's because we're a small school but we're trying to prove how incredible we are.

5 College Senior

Computers: At Belmont the tuition is high, and you can tell a lot of the money goes toward electronics.

1 College Senior

Diversity: There is practically no diversity in Belmont. It's mostly white upper class. But you will see the random international student here and there. The diversity does seem to be improving since I started.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not part of any Greek life at Belmont, but apart from members wearing the gear you wouldn't know who is part of it. I know they have many events they plan so it seems like a great way to meet people.

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1 College Senior

Parking: Parking at Belmont is like the lottery, either you find a spot right away or you drive around in circles for 20 minutes praying someone leaves and you are in the right spot at the right time. It mostly depends on what time you arrive, after 12 you usually have a couple of spots open.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold in the winter with little snow, but a wet cold. The spring is beautiful however.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Audio Major you have direct practice in the field, with classes at professional studios like OceanWay where you learn professional techniques as well as the basics .

3 College Junior

Academics: I am a Commercial Music major at Belmont University. Although we joke about the usefulness of my degree, I really enjoy the program. The staff is incredible, and they are always available and willing to help. I can go to any voice teacher and ask for advice. They also allow you to sit-in on lessons. Seeing how other teachers instruct their students broadens your understanding of technique, expression and artistry. I take between 15 and 17 hours each semester. However, there are many required courses that do not count for academic credit. I have registered for as many as ten courses and received 16 credit hours at the end of the semester. The facilities are average. There are not enough practice rooms. This made my first two years at Belmont difficult, and now I avoid them altogether. They are most crowded at 10:00, during Convocation Hour. There are many internship/job opportunities for Music Business emphasis. If you are not a member of the Curb College, these opportunities do not appear. You have to research and hunt for them. Most Commercial Music majors intern with publishing firms, management groups or music companies.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of nearby restaurants located just across the street from Belmont University's campus. PM, Chago's, Thai Market and Cha-Cha are all reasonably priced. A student can spend $10-$20 and have a great meal within walking distance of campus. By far the most popular is Chago's, which offers amazing happy-hour specials.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not a member of Belmont University's Greek life. There are a select sororities and fraternities that have poor reputations. In my experience, most members of these organizations are not accurate representatives of the student population. As a non-Greek I do not feel pressured to join a sorority, nor do I feel compelled to do so.

4 College Junior

Parking: I live on campus so parking isn't usually a problem for me, unless I come back late at night. And I may not be able to get a spot right in front of my on-campus apartment. I know that, with Belmont's growth, it has increasingly become a problem. However, they just built two new parking garages that opened 5 months ago. So, Belmont is growing with its population.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love living on campus! And I plan to live on campus all four years. The dorms are close to the academic building and most of them have a great sense of community, with the exception of Patton, which is because Patton is so huge. If there's ever a problem, maintenance responds in a very timely manner.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at Belmont isn't great. I myself don't have a car, but I have lots of friends who do. B-Po, or the Belmont police, are very, very picky about parking and issue tickets very easily. On nights when there are special events at school, visitors and guests can overflow into student parking and make it nearly impossible to find a space.

5 College Freshman

Majors: It was very easy for me to get into my major, Psychology. I just had to be accepted to Belmont and declare my major! Some of my other friends had a lot of difficulty getting into classes related to their major, but I've had an easy time of it. The department is very flexible and works to fit your needs.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at Belmont are fairly standard, and depending on your department, they can do what you need them to. For example, the computers in the Hitch Science Building and the Psychology department have Minitab, so you can do statistics. As of right now, the school definitely leans towards PCs, but I wouldn't be surprised if we switched to Macs sometime in the near future.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at Belmont aren't bad, considering it's a school that is mainly centered around the arts. Though we don't have a football team, our basketball and baseball teams are very talented, and there's always a good turnout for games. Additionally, we have a quickly growing Quidditch team-- games against Lipscomb or Vandy are always fun to watch.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Belmont has great facilities, especially the Beaman. The outside aesthetics of the campus, the classrooms, and the other facilities, such as the library, practice rooms, and fitness centers, all contribute to a great experience at Belmont, regardless of what you're interested it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A LOT more girls than guys. The girls not only lead in quantity, but in quality as well. Many guys are hipster, but there are some normal guys and then the preppy Greeks who typically dress for success. The same goes for girls, but there are some beautiful, beautiful southern belles around. A lot of the prettiest girls tend to go after the Greek guys, as they are in sororities themselves. The girls get better and better each year.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Belmont Police (B-PO) are everywhere. They can actually be annoying, but they really do look out for you. Call the office, and an "officer" will be wherever you need them very quickly. They have cars, bikes, and foot patrols on duty 24/7.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of houses are not bad, but not anything special. They are more than sufficient for college students, however. Many within walking distance along Wedgewood, Belmont Blvd, etc. If you are smart about where you go alone, you should be safe. Parking can be a hassle if you come at the busy hours in the morning.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Men's basketball is HUGE. Student section could be a little more vibrant, but for social and entertainment purposes, is a huge part of campus life.

5 College Freshman

Parking: There is a ton of parking. They keep building new buildings with parking garages underneath them, so parking is just fine. As for bringing a car, it is helpful to have one, but most likely some of your friends will have cars, so you can get rides with them.

3 College Freshman

Computers: In all honesty, most students have their own laptops and some have printers. The labs are fine; I haven't heard of any problems with them. The wireless is usually good, except during registration. Printing costs 10 or 15 cents per page in the library, so that could get annoying, but it's doable. I would suggest sharing a printer with your roommate.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Belmont is not known to be a party school. There are people who party, but I wouldn't say it is the majority of people. From what I can tell, house parties and athletic parties are the way to go. There aren't any frat houses at Belmont, but Vanderbilt is a short drive and they have tons. Also, we have the clubs downtown, but I don't think you would be able to get a drink if you are underage.

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Tara Knott
Hometown
Geneva, Illinois
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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Most Belmont students will tell you that if they had to do it over again, they’d choose Belmont every time. So, despite parking issues, rising tuition, and strict behavioral policies, students are truly glad to be here, and it shows. University president Dr. Robert Fisher (around here, he’s affectionately called “Bob the Builder”—you’ll figure it out when you see the construction trucks on campus) likes to say Belmont is a “small town in a big city.” Because it’s such a tiny school on an enclosed campus, the community atmosphere at Belmont is incredibly strong. Professors often give out their personal cell phone numbers to students who need extra help, and they genuinely want their students to succeed—not just in their classes, but in life. Most students find one or two professors in their major who become almost like surrogate parents. They’ll counsel you through the stress of finals and help you find fantastic internships. Because many professors are former professionals in whatever field they teach, they have experience and contacts that are immeasurably valuable to students —in this town, the people you know have the potential to open doors for you.

Nashville itself is probably one of the biggest selling points for the University. It’s an incredible town full of opportunities for young professionals in every major. Nursing students may do clinicals at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the top hospitals in the world. Students who like to write might find a public relations internship at one of the music labels in town. And of course, if you want to pursue a career in the music business, there’s no better place to be. So is a Belmont education expensive? Yes. Make no mistake about it. But if you feel it’s the right place for you, you’ll leave knowing every penny was worth it.

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